Thursday, August 18, 2016

UCCS announces 2016/17 GOCA schedule

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click to enlarge A photograph of the micro/macro installation by Michael Theodore - VIA GOCA
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  • A photograph of the micro/macro installation by Michael Theodore
The 2016-2017 season of exhibits at the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art have already kicked off. Those kicking around the Plaza of the Rockies may have noticed internationally exhibited artist Nicole Banowetz's enormous inflated sculpture, titled "Becoming More than One." It's part of GOCA's Art Without Limits (AWOL) program, launched in advance of the Brilliant 2016 art party. According to GOCA Director Daisy McGowan, it's due to stay up through Halloween. And it's just one of the challenging, fascinating pieces art lovers can expect to see over the next year.

“There’s something about UCCS," McGowan says. "I’ve been blown away consistently since I joined six years ago.” 

And with pieces like Girl Crush, currently up in the downtown GOCA 121 space, that's easy to see.

“It sort of encapsulates that concept of the abject," says McGowan, discussing artists Amber Cobb and Laura Shill's fusion of enthrallment with disgust, especially prominent in the titular installation piece. "If we can get them into that [installation] space that really draws them in, that’s the most powerful part of the show." The rest of the show features pieces that explore similar themes, created by Cobb, Shill and both in collaboration.

The first exhibit at the GOCA 1420 venue on UCCS campus will be a massive installation by CU Boulder associate professor Michael Theodore, titled micro/macro. Theodore, who is also a composer and programmer, has a fascination with the natural world, and through his pieces, he isolates and mimics patterns he finds in nature.

“Every wall in the space is going to be covered with these suspended kinetic sculptures that respond to the presence of movement in the space," McGowan says. "There will also be light and sound that responds.” Theodore also has prior ties to GOCA; he collaborated on composing and performing music for the live portion of GOCA 1420's Ludlow exhibit in early 2014.

Come October, the annual UCCS Faculty Show, titled New Horizon, will open downtown. It's a survey of new and recent work by eight members of UCCS's Visual and Performing Arts faculty, including new visual arts instructor Abbey Hepner. McGowan guarantees that it will be a survey of interesting and innovative work, in line with the department's medium-expanding goals.

December will see GOCA 1420 hosting New York-based drama team 600 Highwaymen. The main minds behind the award-winning team are Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, and they'll be doing a short residency to workshop and perform their new piece, The Fever, before the official debut at New York's Under the Radar festival next year. The Fever will examine violence in a small-town setting. The play, which will incorporate both student performers and the audience, will show four nights in a row, with talkbacks following each showing. Seating will be limited to 60 people per night.

McGowan says that the play is well-timed, set to be staged just over a year after UCCS lost Officer Garrett Swasey in the Planned Parenthood shooting. It should tie into ongoing campus-wide conversations about moving through violence.

In January, 2017, artists Claudia Mastrobuono, Sonya Yong James and Jodi Stevens will collaborate on a contemporary fiber installation at GOCA 1420, titled These Things are Tangible. When McGowan says contemporary fiber, she makes it clear that viewers should expect more than just sewing and weaving.

“We love to stretch what people think is possible with something they think they might be familiar with," she says. “Fiber is a labor intensive craft… I want to make the case that it is fine art.” She brings up Senga Nengudi's use of panty hose as a sculptural element in last year's Improvisational Gestures exhibit, also at GOCA 1420. More generally, audiences can expect more esoteric pieces and more play with light and shadows than in hard sculpture.

Speaking of esoteric, January will see Black Power Tarot downtown. It's a collaboration between Canadian musician/artist/writer/producer King Khan, legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and Irish illustrator Michael Eaton. Khan grew interested in 20th century African-American history while working on The Invaders, a documentary about the Memphis-based black liberation group. With Jodorowsky's spiritual guidance and blessing, Khan tapped Game of Thrones designer/illustrator Eaton to design a tarot deck exploring black power. The deck will be on sale, and the major arcana will be printed to around the size of a door for display. Attendees can also expect a screening of The Invaders, as well as a talkback by CC Theater and Dance professor Idris Goodwin.

GOCA 121's season will close with an exhibit co-curated by GOCA intern and local artist Caitlin Goebel, which will serve as her capstone project at UCCS. 

“For a student like that who has so much promise and is so far beyond the traditional student experience, I wanted to offer her something that went beyond a paper,” says McGowan, noting that Goebel has previous experience with the operations side of a gallery. “She’s really done a fantastic job of building an exhibit. The concept and the theory behind it is all Caitlin.”

The exhibit, titled Cybercy, brings together three pieces that explore the relationships between physical and digital life. The first, by LA-based art collective Finishing School with Venezuelan artist Yucef Merhi, is a performance of "Psychic Barber." Participants will get a reading from the psychic barber and a haircut to suit the reading. Of note, Psychic Barber will only be performed on opening night and at Brilliant 2017.

Christopher Coleman and Laleh Mehran will be using a combination of cell phone use data purchased from ad agencies and submitted by willing event-goers in a piece called "W3-Fi." Through an interactive component, the exhibit will give participants a clear idea of their digital selves in space and time. Finally, expect a screening of American Reflexx, a performance piece that artists Signe Pierce and Alli Coates first debuted in Myrtle Beach, examining that physical/digital crossover.

Finally, spring at GOCA 1420 will see the final on-campus senior visual art majors exhibit, the capstone project for all visual arts students.

“It’s a process from start to finish that they own and learn from," McGowan says, calling it vital professional practice. Next year will see the seniors' capstone project moving downtown, exposing their work to more eyes in the community.

For a full schedule of GOCA exhibitions with dates, see below:
Full 2016- 2017 Exhibition Schedule

Girl Crush | Amber Cobb & Laura Shill
Aug. 5 – Sept. 24| GOCA 121

micro/macro | Michael Theodore
Sept. 9 – Nov. 19 | GOCA 1420

New Horizon: UCCS Visual Arts Faculty Show | Matt Barton, Corey Drieth, Marina Eckler, Pauline Foss, Abbey Hepner, Nikki Pike, Stacy Platt & Claire Rau
Oct. 7 – Dec. 10 | GOCA 121

600 Highwaymen | The Fever – collaboration with UCCS Theatre & Dance
Dec. 5 – 17 | GOCA 1420

These Things are Tangible | Claudia Mastrobuono, Sonya Yong James, & Jodi Stevens

Jan. 27 – March 13, 2017 | GOCA 1420

Black Power Tarot | King Khan, Alejandro Jodorowsky, & Michael Eaton
Jan. 13 – April 1, 2017 | GOCA 121

Cybercy | Finishing School with Yucef Merhi, Christopher Coleman & Laleh Mehran, Signe Pierce & Allie Coates

May 5 – June 24, 2017 | GOCA 121

Senior Visual Art Majors Exhibit | UCCS VAPA Seniors
April 14 – May 12, 2017 | GOCA 1420

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